So thank goodness I was able to share the load today.
Jilly was wielding the secateurs side by side in the barn garden this afternoon.
And boy did this job go swiftly with two. We had these shrubs cut back in no time.
But early summer is peak flop season for these plants. I did try to cut some back. That was mid June. I had hoped that if half of the volume of plants was removed, then the flowers on the rest of the shrub could stay upright.
But no. Unless you plant this fantastic variety; (santolina chamaecyparissus – had to look it up as it never stays in my brain)
….you will get unwieldy shrubs.
So things will look a bit forlorn in the barn garden for a few weeks. But that’s okay. At least now I don’t have to avert my gaze.